Morristown firemen rescue Old Glory

Firefighter Nolan Bas removes old flag at MPAC, Jan. 10, 2020. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Morristown’s Bravest are accustomed to saving people. On Friday, they rescued Old Glory.

Firefighters hauled down a bedraggled U.S. flag that was stuck atop the flagpole outside the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Then they hoisted a pristine version of the Stars and Stripes.

Firefighter Nolan Bas scampered up the firetruck ladder, while Capt. Tex DeGroot and Firefighter Mike Cirelli assisted below.

“We appreciate everything that our town’s fire, police and public safety departments do not only for MPAC but for our entire community. We thank them for helping us have our flag waving proudly again,” said MPAC General Manager Ed Kirchdoerffer.

Kirchdoerffer said the flagpole rope broke in last week’s windstorm. When a new flag arrived, theater staff discovered they could not lower the old one. MPAC’s Lee Kaloidis called an old friend, Police Lt. Matt Rawding, and Public Safety Director Michael Corcoran coordinated efforts between firefighters and police.

“I never expected such a quick response!  They are amazing,” Kaloidis said.

All in a day’s work for the firemen, who run a warming shelter, collect Toys for Tots and escort Santa Claus when they’re not battling fires.

“Anything for the community,” said Capt. Nick Prizzi.

Firefighter Nolan Bas removes old flag at MPAC, Jan. 10, 2020. Photo by Capt. Nick Prizzi
Firefighter Nolan Bas prepares to rescue Old Glory at MPAC, Jan. 10, 2020. Photo by Capt. Nick Prizzi
MPAC’s Lee Kaloidis, left, and Morristown firefighters unfurl new flag at MPAC, Jan. 10, 2020. Photo by Capt. Nick Prizzi
New flag waves above MPAC, Jan. 10, 2020. Photo by Capt. Nick Prizzi
READY TO HELP: Morristown firefighters helped raise a new flag at MPAC, Jan. 10, 2020. Photo by Capt. Nick Prizzi

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Morristown firefighters are a special part of our community. Its because they care so much for everyone they serve, that we all benefit from what they do here everyday in so many ways.

  2. You are right RJ it is an excellent use of their time. I doubt the MPAC or most folks have a ladder that extends safely to the height of the flag pole.

  3. Wow. That looks like a good use of the fire department’s time and tax-payer dollars. Does Mayo not have a ladder?

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